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Israeli military urges Gaza City residents not to delay evacuation

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Mourners pray over the shrouded bodies of members of the Agha family, killed in an Israeli strike in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, during their funeral on October 14, 2023. – Hamas launched a large-scale attack on Israel on October 7, which killed at least 1300 people, sparking a retaliatory bombing campaign that has killed more than 1900 in the Gaza Strip ahead of a potential Israeli ground invasion of the territory. (Photo by Mahmud HAMS / AFP)

The Israeli military stated on Saturday, emphasizing that residents of Gaza City should not delay their departure ahead of an impending military offensive. This advisory came as many people from the northern part of the Gaza Strip were again causing traffic congestion on the roads leading south.

Israel has designated two safe evacuation routes for over a million residents in northern Gaza in preparation for an impending Israeli ground offensive against Hamas following their attacks on southern Israel on October 7th.

Richard Hecht, a military spokesman, emphasized a designated “safe passage window” from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1300 GMT). During this period, residents are advised to use roads along the Gaza coast and the central part of the relatively narrow Palestinian territory, covering about 40 kilometres (25 miles).

Thousands of Gazans used various modes of transportation on Saturday to flee the northern region.

Military spokesperson Richard Hecht did not specify how long the evacuation window would last but urged people not to delay.

Calls from the United Nations, United States, and European Union have asked Israel to postpone a full offensive to allow civilians to evacuate.

The Israeli military is targeting Gaza City, considering it the base of Hamas leadership responsible for recent attacks causing over 1,300 Israeli casualties. Gaza authorities report that Israeli retaliatory strikes have resulted in at least 2,215 fatalities in the past seven days.

As per Al Jazeera’s Saturday report, less than 24 hours after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, hospital sources reported at least 256 casualties, including 20 children killed and 1,788 others injured.

Hamas has urgently appealed to the United Nations to take immediate action to prevent Israel from targeting hospitals.

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